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BATTLE CREEK

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

The Battle Creek high school was first started by Mr. and Mrs. Nichols (the latter the daughter of Dr. Atlee). Miss Cornelia Lapham succeeded Mr. and Mrs. Nichols in this school. Miss Lapham became the wife of Chief Justice B. P. Graves. Prof. Press Moore followed Miss Lapham in this school, and A. D. P. Van Buren was the last principal of the Battle Creek high school. I think Prof. McKay had taught in this school before Prof. Moore. Mrs. North and Miss Susan Cox each taught a young ladies' school in Battle Creek. This was all before 1852. David H. Daniels, now of Galesburg, started the first store in Battle Creek, in the frame part of the log house Gen. Convis built. Mr. Daniels was also a member of the first township board. He remembers that Warren B. Shepherd, also one of the board, as they were about to take the oath of office, made a move, "That, as it was a new country, and new business to them, they should swow in this time, and do the best they could at that, and swear in next year. " So they swowed in for the first year. The first man sued in Battle Creek was Asa Langley. The history of the affair was this: The course of lawsuits, like that of true love, seldom runs smooth, and this one was no exception to the rule. Asa Langley owed Nede-biah Angell. His son, Rustin Angell, was a constable in Battle Creek at that time. It was deemed necessary to force the collection of this debt. Rustin was, therefore, armed with the proper papers, and mounting an Indian pony, took the trail through the woods some four miles south of the rustic village, to Langley's cabin.

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